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Reunion Between New York Giants, Kenny Phillips “Unlikely”

September 1st, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

With Stevie Brown out for the season due to a torn ACL, and having released both Tyler Sash and David Caldwell on Saturday, the New York Giants now find themselves with only three safeties on their 53-man roster: Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy and Cooper Taylor.

'Aaron Ross and Kenny Phillips' photo (c) 2010, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The trio, with the exception of Rolle, are not going to intimidate many. Mundy, a free agent acquisition earlier this offseason, is now the transplanted starter on a defense he's still leaning. Meanwhile, Cooper Taylor is a rookie who saw his very first NFL experience in a 28-20 loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday night. Needless to say, even with Terrell Thomas and Aaron Ross capable of filling in, the Giants are in need of another quality, experienced safety.

So, what about Kenny Phillips?

Having been released by the Philadelphia Eagles early last week, Phillips would seem like the ideal target for Big Blue. After all, when healthy, there's no denying that KP is an extremely valuable asset. Add to that his experience with the Giants' defensive scheme and familiarity with defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and, at least on the surface, it would appear to be a no brainier.

The reality however, is that Phillips and the Giants appear to have a little bad blood. Phillips was publicly upset with the way Big Blue handled his injuries each of his last two seasons in New York, and the fact that he was released by Philly due to lingering injuries raises several red flag. Ultimately, as Art Stapleton of The Record points out, the Giants may look to add a veteran safety, but it's highly unlikely to be Phillips.

In addition to Phillips, any potential reunion between the Giants and Brandon Jacobs or Jake Ballard also seems unlikely at this point.

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Tags: Antrel Rolle, Cooper Taylor, David Caldwell, Football, Kenny Phillips, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Ryan Mundy, Stevie Brown, Terrell Thomas, Tyler Sash

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2 Responses to “Reunion Between New York Giants, Kenny Phillips “Unlikely””

  1.  Samardzija says:

    Vince Young, Senica Wallace and John Skelton over Painter as the backup? LoL clearly this wasnt serious? I dont think everyone knows what teams with a franchise player like Eli value in a back up QB. Hint, its not a 6 on the wonderlic.

  2.  William says:

    James Stoll:
    I cant say that your analysis of the roster is really wrong but I would disagree with your conclusion. Why? Because your not factoring in the rest of the league which is made up of the same rosters filled with mediocre talent and being very thin at key positions. The point about Tebow I keep hitting on is that the back-up QB position league wide is so scary thin and un-talented that even his limited talents make him quite respectable. Especially when you add in his running ability,durability and drive. Translation for the league is if your franchise QB goes down your toast. Look at Indy over the last 3 years, two playoff appearances, sandwiched by a two win season all because of the QB position. This is the NFL in the years of the “cap” everybody is flawed, everybody is thin. Handicapping a season is next to impossible because the unknown of injuries are probably the biggest deciding factor to success. Thats worth repeating: HANDICAPPING A SEASON IS NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE BECAUSE THE UNKNOWN OF INJURIES IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST DECIDING FACTOR TO SUCCESS. Circa 2013 in the NFL.
    I think the other issue we saw come into view last year that given the new rules that the idea of a dominate defense is truly a relic of NFL film lore. They dont exist anymore because the rules of the league wont let them. Lets not worry about the NYG defense I’m sure it will be mediocre right in line with the rest of the league. Instead ask yourself the most important question: do we have enough OFFENSIVE FIRE POWER, to stay competitive.
    Franchise QB-yes
    RB- Wilson great, then some questions
    Receivers- When healthy really pretty good
    O-line- hard to say,has potential to be decent, but injuries are an issue because we are so thin at the position
    Looks like 9-7, to 10-6 to me. Of course if Eli,Wilson,Nicks or Cruz go down sub 500 comes into play.

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